I'm trying to make good on my commitment for more frequent updates, and I just posted something that may be of special interest to you.
My friend Tommy Tallarico, one of the most successful video game composers in the world, has taken his love for both music and games and created a symphonic-rock concert, multimedia touring extravaganza called Video Games Live. His show has been running for several years, and has played all over the globe to tremendous success. His goal is to spread the appreciation for the cultural impact video game music is having, and audiences have been responding in a big way!
Now he is trying to take the experience a step further by creating a special album without regional restrictions and including not just the 'typical' music (which is starting to become commonplace), but rather deep, fan-favorite tracks recreated and performed as only Tommy and his hand-chosen group of extraordinary musicians can. Unfortunately, with the music industry continuing its downward spiral, record executives haven't mustered much enthusiasm for Tommy's concept (despite the success of his show and 2 previous collections). What to do? Kickstart-it!!!
Having mounted a successful campaign, I am frequently plied by other potential Kickstarters to spread the word about their pet projects. I have personally backed several wonderful ideas, but it is rare that I will actually promote any of them to you. Tommy however has put together a well thought out, transparent proposal that truly does merit your attention, so I'm including his link here.
The rewards actually have substantial value and are well designed to please backers of his project. This guy has been working professionally for over 20 years, and consistently over-delivers, so please check out his proposal and see if you feel inclined to help support Tommy's vision, or at the very least, to share it through your social media channels with your friends as there's only 5 days left!
Hey everyone; I hope you are having a great Friday that you can forge into an even greater weekend!
First, I want to express how deeply moved and profoundly grateful my wife and I are for the wonderful messages of support and reassurance we received from so many of you regarding the passing of our son Jordan earlier this month; we are overwhelmed at the kindness and concern offered us, and it has helped as we move along our path of healing. Please know we are more grateful than words can ever say, and extend our thankfulness to a merciful Heavenly Father who has sent us so much peace and comfort.
Second, as I mentioned in my last update, Jordan had requested (multiple times)that I post more frequently, resisting the impulse to always make a full-scale production, and be willing instead to offer glimpses into the process of making The Price, be they up-beat and hopeful or frustrated and discouraging.
To honor that request, I've posted a brief article on the site that I hope you will enjoy.
Again, our deepest thanks,
I have some solemn news to share with you all: on Friday, August 2nd, my son Jordan, 26, passed away suddenly while on a business trip to Los Angeles. A type of bacteria called Neisseria Meningitidis seems to have caused a menningoccal disease that progressed rapidly until he was overcome, less than a day after the initial symptoms appeared. All we suspected at first was that he had a bad case of food poisoning; then without warning, he was gone.
Jordan's passing has caused our family to reflect on the things that are most important, and has drawn us closer together. Our hope and faith is that one day we will all be together again, and we use that belief to keep moving forward and continue on with our lives.
As fate would have it, I had been preparing to post a long overdue update when these events unfolded. More than anyone else, it was Jordan who would express his good-natured impatience with the glacial progress of The Price (or lack thereof). A long-time film buff -- especially of all things macabre -- Jordan's fascination with this project and all of the elements and personalities involved was always a source of renewal for me, especially when I allowed myself to despair.
He was thrilled at every stage of development, starting with the letter I first received from Mr. Gaiman. He expressed tremendous enthusiasm regarding specific things I made (like the fog effect used to reveal the logo for the video blogs), and he kept after me to post more frequent updates. I always struggled with this, especially when I didn't have anything that seemed 'new' to report. He maintained that even a screen-shot here and there, or a quick tweet concerning anything production-related would be more satisfying than having to wait for months between reports (even if they were well produced).
We will all miss Jordan more than words can ever convey, but his influence will always be a strong component of our family's culture. He will also remain a powerful motivation for me as I continue this labor of love; I just wish I could see his face when he watches the finished film. We love you Jordan!
PS: For those who might be interested, here is a brief video of the breathtaking finale to Jordan's memorial service, a sight I will never forget: 200 brightly colored balloons released simultaneously, all with private notes attached. They rose eastward, and headed into a patch of brilliant blue sky wreathed in clouds; our hearts and hopes rose with them.
Hello everyone! For all of you who have been so patiently waiting, there is a new blog post here that includes some animated test footage of The Price's narrator (himself)! Despite a seemingly endless series of delays and setbacks, things are moving right along & I am excited to share with you this brief glimpse of how the final film's look (along with an explanation of why I choose to make it this way).
I am moving full-bore to get the film ready for the Sundance Film Festival submissions this fall, and will post more bits & pieces that you may find interesting as I go.
I can never say it enough: thank-you so very, very much to all of you who continue to send notes of encouragement and support and general goodwill -- it means more to me than you will ever know!!!
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